Diary: Let's do lunch - Rooftop Restaurant Reviewed by Colin Shevills, head of PR, Robson Brown

Set atop the magnificent Baltic Centre for Contemporary Arts on the Gateshead side of the River Tyne, the Rooftop Restaurant makes an immediately confident and stylish statement.

Its open-plan layout means it isn't the best venue for any confidential, difficult or discreet discussions. Conversations seem to bounce off the modern materials from which the restaurant is constructed and travel quickly round the room. But it is the perfect place for a celebratory event or impressing a client or media contact.

As befits its lofty position, the restaurant is airy, with wall-to-floor glass panels offering exceptional views of Newcastle and the river.

One piece of advice - book a seat facing towards Newcastle, as Gateshead still has some catching up to do in terms of scenery.

The food attempts to match the location, and pretty much succeeds, thanks to a contemporary menu and beautifully presented dishes. My choice from the a la carte menu started with the surprisingly tasty Puy lentil soup and continued with the salmon wrapped in Serrano ham with smoked haddock kedgeree.

The whole venue has a modern, informal lunchtime atmosphere and its elevated and prestigious location creates a real buzz. Provided you don't want to talk too much serious business, it's a perfect lunchtime location.

Where: South Shore Road, Gateshead, NE8

Contact: 0191 440 4949

How much: £30 a head

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